Monday, May 22, 2017

The Arts Wall, featuring Aaron Dworkin, Yo-Yo Ma and Lara Downes

Sphinx Special Artistic Advisor Yo-Yo Ma, Dean Aaron Dworkin of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and pianist Lara Downes, a Sphinx Medal of Excellence winner, came together at SMTD recently to celebrate the power and purpose of the arts in America.

one-day- conference on PROFESSIONAL DOCTORATES


This one-day-conference aims to explore how researching professionals transform both their professional practices and identities through innovative approaches to simultaneously engage with professional and academic worlds. This conference will engage delegates in possibility thinking around doctoral journeys and outcomes. Engagement will be interactive, exploratory, performative with extended dialogues on sustaining the impact of the professional doctorate. Submission should be addressed to ONE of the following themes (with particular emphasis on sharing tools that help):
Researching and writing reflexively
Innovating and sustaining impact as researching professionals
Possibility thinking around doctoral journeying
The day has been organised to provide time for discussion of themes emerging throughout the day and to plan future dissemination and events. Lunch and teatime refreshments will be provided.
More information on the programme for the day will be posted on the EdD website:

Keynotes by Prof Karen Littleton and Prof Saville Kushner
Plus: A panel sharing approaches to developing portfolio dissertation designs Our Faculty EdD Research Community presentations

Track the day on Twitter at #EdDconf17!

Registration fee £25

Doctoral Researchers  - Transforming Knowledge, Transforming Practice
Karen Littleton is Professor of Education at the Open University, UK. She has research expertise in the psychology of education and collaborative creativity. Karen is currently responsible for capacity building within the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology, the second largest educational research unit in the UK. She is also the writer-in- residence at Westbury Arts Centre, Bucks.
In this session, we will consider how EdD researchers are distinctively placed to create innovative, research-based solutions to contemporary educational challenges. We will explore how the EdD research process is implicated in the creation of sustainable impact and the transformative legacies of such work.

Methodology in an Age of Madness: The Role of the EdD
in Professional Recovery
It's a big leap from an EdD dissertation to the collapse of the welfare state, Brexit and Trump
- but the bigger picture is always there. We are all implicated. In fact, the EdD occupies a special place in how we, as professionals, respond to this fast-changing, sometimes scary world. We need to reflect on how we got here, develop new ways of understanding and new forms of action. Saville, recently returned from his post as Professor of Public Evaluation at the University of Auckland, will talk about methodological creativity. He is a specialist in

We will feature interactive experiences of diverse 'portfolio' designs shared by panellists EdD graduand Dr Caroline Creaby, EdD a/r/tographer Rebecca Heaton and guests. The Faculty Librarians will be present and engaged with supporting doctoral students' journeys.
There will be awards given to the Faculty EdD communities with the most engaging and innovative
Presentation – Poster – Panel – Workshop


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Fwd: SIG Seminar 30 May, 3-5pm, room 944



Music Education Special Interest Group

Research Seminars Announcement

Dyslexia, Sensory Ethnography, and Chopi Timbila Xylophone Music in Mozambique: a presentation of the film 'Estevão: a sensory ethnomusicology of learning'

Robbie Campbell

3rd Year PhD student, Department of Music, SOAS, University of London


Tuesday 30 May 2017

15.00 – 17.00

Room: 944

 Further details from Lucy Green,

All are welcome!


Synopsis of the film 'Estevão: a sensory ethnomusicology of learning' (71 mins)


This audio-visual presentation forms part of on-going PhD research investigating the relationships between interventions for specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, and music - rationalised here as a sensory-rich cultural system of learning. Studies show that, due to overlaps in shared neural and cognitive processing, music may improve the ability to perform other tasks, such as reading.


Recorded during fieldwork in rural Mozambique with master chopi timbila xylophone maker and player Estevão, this study documents indigenous processes of musical acquisition and instrument manufacturing, as well as the interactions between various young members of his large extended family.


The film's construction is heavily influenced by Sensory Ethnographic Filmmaking and is realised through a series of long 'scene experiences' designed to avoid conventional narrative structure. Its ambition is also to slow subjective time in order to engage with, and reflect upon, the richly nuanced sensory interactions between people, objects, cultural practices, and the environment. This experimental presentation hopes to encourage discussion across disciplines from those who may recognise interactions and processes surrounding SEN interventions, speech and language acquisition, and other developmental and educational trajectories.


Each scene therefore has an objective to tell its own story, yet forms part of a bigger holistic experience that describes the learning environment as a complete eco-system. Sensory-based ethnographic methods also reflect dyslexia support and Special Educational Needs practices, which are typically orientated towards the multi-modal presentation of information and sensory preferences of the individual learner.






Robbie Campbell is a 3rd year PhD Music scholar at SOAS, University of London. He previously worked for many years as a location sound recordist in the television industry, and also informally as a self-taught musician, music engineer, producer, and photographer. Following a late diagnosis of dyslexia in his early 30s, Robbie decided to return to education to pursue a change of career.


Motivated by the challenges of engaging with postgraduate study as a dyslexic learner after a considerable time away from education (and with no undergraduate degree), Robbie quickly developed a set of bespoke learning strategies to manage the workload. Informed by research on dyslexia, these strategies soon became intertwined with theory and practice surrounding African music participation as well as his own reflective experiences of informal music learning.


In 2015 Robbie joined the dyslexia and arts charity Creative Mentors, working for 15 months with dyslexic and SEN schoolchildren, using music as a vehicle to explore and develop cross-curriculum learning strategies. His current research not only explores the relationships between indigenous music acquisition and interventions for learning difficulties, but also larger issues such as the accessibility of research data, and use of audio-visual sensory research methods.


Fwd: Guildhall School ResearchWorks - Summer Term Events 2017

Dear all,


We're excited to announce the Guildhall ResearchWorks programme for summer 2017, which showcases the innovative research taking place within the school and invites external scholars to present their work.


Come along in May to find out more about feedback as a resource for student growth (8 May) and Professor Julian Anderson's re-examination of the approach to spectral-type thought (15 May), or hear a discussion of the new edited book by Professors John Rink, Helena Gaunt and Aaron Williamon, Musicians in the Making (22 May).


In June, Noriko Ogawa and Dr Mirjam James discuss live concerts for families living with autism (12 June), Dr Karen Wise presents the latest results from the AHRC-funded Finding A Voice project (19 June), and Antony Feeny takes a look at the economics of opera and orchestral music (26 June). Jacqueline Ross and Laura Roberts perform the Romances Op 22, and discuss the musical bond between Joachim and Clara Schumann (29 June).


Finally, in July, Samuel Araujo, (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro), discusses music, research and public interest, followed by a panel discussion, in the keynote session of the 2nd Symposium on Social Impact of Making Music (9 July).


All ResearchWorks events are free to attend, please visit to book your place. For more details, please see the poster below.



Kind regards,

Shona Dale


You are receiving this email as you have previously attended or shown interest in attending one of the Guildhall School's research events. If you would prefer not to receive any similar emails in the future, simply reply to this email with the word "Unsubscribe".


Shona Dale
Research Coordinator

Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Milton Court, 1 Milton Street,

London EC2Y 9BH

Tel: 020 7638 4141 / Extension x3048


See all upcoming events from the Guildhall School's Research Department.



Fwd: Workshop on Intelligent Music Production - 2nd call for papers

3rd Workshop on Intelligent Music Production (WIMP 2017)

Call for Papers

Friday 15th September
Media City UK, University of Salford

The production of music often involves interdisciplinary challenges, requiring creativity, extensive knowledge of audio processing and exceptional listening skills. Many of these complex production processes have rules that could be made more intuitive, or managed by intelligent processes. Intelligent Music Production focuses on developing systems that map these requirements into automated or adaptive processes within the production chain to achieve results which are both efficient and aesthetically pleasing. 

This event will provide an overview of the tools and techniques currently being developed in the field, whilst providing insight for audio engineers, producers and musicians looking to gain access to new technologies. The day will consist of presentations from leading academics, keynotes, posters and demonstrations. 

Suggested topics include:
  • Intelligent music production systems for common tasks such as level-balancing, equalisation, dynamic range processing, audio editing, etc.
  • Intelligent music production systems capable of: generating/performing music; supporting the musical creativity of human users; incorporating affective responses.
  • Philosophical foundations of IMP systems
  • Accessibility in IMP systems
  • Surveys of state-of-the-art techniques in the area
  • Studies on the applicability of IMP techniques to other research areas
As well as submissions in the following general areas:
  • Perception, psychoacoustics and evaluation
  • Source separation
  • Semantic audio processing
  • Musical similarity and structure analysis 

Paper Submission:

We welcome submissions on intelligent music production from researchers worldwide at all stages of their careers.

Paper submissions are accepted in PDF format and should be between 2 and 4 pages, including references. Templates for submission are available for Word and LaTeX. Papers should be sent to

On submission, authors should express in their email a preference for either poster or oral presentation. Posters will be presented during the coffee and lunch breaks.



The one-day conference will take place at the Digital Performance Lab at the University of Salford Media City campus (15 September 2017), and will be preceded by a welcome event with demos at the University of Salford main campus (14 September 2017).


Important dates:

10 April 2017 1st call for papers
16 May 2017 2nd call for papers
15 June 2017 Deadline for full-paper submission
15 July 2017 Notification of acceptance
15 August 2017 Camera-ready paper submission
14 September 2017 Welcome event and demos
15 September 2017 Conference


Further details will be made available at For more information about the event, please get in touch with the Intelligent Music Production committee:

Bruno Fazenda (chair),
Alex Wilson (co-chair),
Ryan Stables,
Brecht De Man,


Dr Brecht De Man
Postdoctoral researcher
Centre for Digital Music
Queen Mary University of London

School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS
United Kingdom 
Skype: brechtdeman
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Friday, May 12, 2017

Fwd: CSMC 2017: Submission extension

Dear all,

 The second Conference on Computer Simulation of Musical Creativity will be held at the Open University in Milton Keynes (UK) from 11 to 13 Sept 2017.

 The deadline for performance/concert/workshop proposals has been extended to Fri 19th May.

 Deadline for paper submission:  10 June 2017

 Keynote Speakers:

 Professor Elaine Chew, Queen Mary, University of London

 Dr. Anna Jordanous, University of Kent

 Further details, including submission instructions at:

 Robin Laney,
 Open University

 The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an exempt charity in England & Wales, and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 038302).  The Open University is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Fwd: CfP - Transactions of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval, the Open Access ISMIR Journal

The TISMIR Editorial Team and the ISMIR Board are happy to announce the launch of the Transactions of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (TISMIR), the open-access journal of the MIR community.

TISMIR ( publishes novel scientific research in the field of Music Information Retrieval (MIR), an interdisciplinary research area concerned with processing, analysing, organising and accessing music information. We welcome submissions from a wide range of disciplines, including computer science, musicology, cognitive science, library & information science, machine learning, and electrical engineering.

TISMIR is established to complement the widely cited ISMIR conference proceedings and provide a vehicle for the dissemination of the highest quality and most substantial scientific research in MIR. TISMIR retains the Open Access model of the ISMIR Conference proceedings, providing rapid access, free of charge, to all journal content. In order to encourage reproducibility of the published research papers, we provide facilities for archiving the software and data used in the research. TISMIR is published in electronic-only format, making it possible to offer very low publication costs to authors' institutions, while ensuring fully open access content. With this call for papers we invite submissions for the following article types:

Article types
Research articles must describe the outcomes and application of unpublished original research. These should make a substantial contribution to knowledge and understanding in the subject matter and should be supported by relevant experiments.
Overview articles should focus in detail on specific aspects of MIR research. Overview articles will provide a comprehensive review of a broad MIR research problem, a critical evaluation of proposed techniques and/or an analysis of challenges for future research. Papers should critically engage with the relevant body of extant literature.
Datasets should present novel efforts in data gathering and annotation that have a strong potential impact in the way MIR technologies are exploited and evaluated.

If the paper extends or combines the authors' previously published research, it is expected that there is a significant novel contribution in the submission (as a rule of thumb, we would expect at  least 50% of the underlying work - the ideas, concepts, methods, results, analysis and discussion - to be new).  In addition, if there is any overlapping textual material, it should be rewritten.

Review process
The journal operates a double-blind peer review process.  Review criteria include originality, consideration of previous work, methodology, clarity and reproducibility.

Publication frequency
The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year, following an open access policy. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publicly available.

Editorial team
Editors in Chief
Simon Dixon, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom
Emilia Gómez, Music Technology Group, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
Anja Volk, Department of Information and Computing Sciences, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Editorial Board
Juan P. Bello, Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, & Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, New York University, United States
Arthur Flexer, Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI), Austria
Fabien Gouyon, Pandora, United States
Xiao Hu, Faculty of Education, Division of Information & Technology Studies, University of Hong Kong
Olivier Lartillot, Department of Musicology, University of Oslo, Norway
Jin Ha Lee, Information School, University of Washington, United States
Meinard Mueller, International Audio Laboratories Erlangen, Germany
Geoffroy Peeters, Sound Analysis/Synthesis Team, UMR STMS IRCAM CNRS, France
Markus Schedl, Department of Computational Perception, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Reviewers: The editorial board counts on expert reviewers from the interdisciplinary research area concerned with processing, analysing, organising and accessing music information, who are crucial to the success of the journal. To become a reviewer, please register here

Journal Manager
Tim Wakeford, Ubiquity Press, United Kingdom



Kind regards,
Anja Volk, 
on behalf of TISMIR

Anja Volk, 
VIDI-laureate, Project leader MUSIVA 
Assistant Professor, MA, MSc, PhD

Department of Information and Computing Sciences, Utrecht University
PO Box 80.089
3508 TB Utrecht, the Netherlands
Tel.:+31 (30) 253 5965